Cox considering mobile apps store; Europeans snub cheaper iPhones

> Cox Communications is reportedly mulling a mobile application store for its forthcoming 3G network. Article

> Consumers in Europe appear to be ignoring discounted--and even free--iPhones (which require two-year contracts), possbily due to anticipation around an as-yet-unannounced, upgraded version of the iPhone, rumored to be on tap for release this summer. Article

> Barnes & Noble and Sprint Nextel are reportedly in talks to develop an e-reader as a rival to Amazon's Kindle device. Article

> The European Commission adopted a report recommending radio transmitters be kept away from schools and hospitals. Article

> The Egyptian stock market regulator blocked an attempt by France Telecom to gain control of Egypt's largest wireless operator. Article

> The Femto Forum announced its first WCDMA femtocell standard has been completed, and includes specs that cover network architecture, radio and interference, management and provisioning and security. Article

And finally... Two women in California have been charged with staging fake funerals in order to score life insurance payments and other money totaling an estimated $1 million. Article